Climate change campaigners have expressed concern about ecofascism in their ranks.
Ecofascism is the idea of an authoritarian government requiring individuals to sacrifice their own interests in favour of nature.
The Scottish branch of climate activist group Extinction Rebellion raised concerns about the problem last week after the group’s East Midlands branch welcomed the Covid-19 virus outbreak that has seen a big reduction in urban air pollution as populations go into lockdown.
“Earth is healing,” tweeted ER East Midlands. “The air and water is clearing. Corona is the cure. Humans are the disease.”
Extinction Rebellion UK immediately distanced itself from the message and claimed the tweet might be a smear by a “white supremacist movement”.
“This account is not managed by Extinction Rebellion UK or Extinction Rebellion East Midlands, and these messages are in no way a representation of the principles and values held by the movement and so are not the movement,” it said. “We are investigating this now.”
ER East Midlands responded: “We are the official XR East Midlands group and have been involved in environmental activism for years. The fact that our action has turned so many heads is only evidence that we’re good at it. You may not like that the Earth is healing thanks to Corona, but it’s true. Viruses are a part of nature. Humans are apart from nature.”
The Scotland branch of Extinction Rebellion said the climate change movement had a problem. “Eco-fascism is dangerous and deadly. It’s sliding into environmentalism and not enough of us are calling it out.”
The Global Warming Policy Foundation said the East Midlands ER tweet showed the organisation was a “green death cult”.
Another Twitter user said: “Extinction Rebellion are a truly filthy death cult that rejoices in the destruction of everyone and everything you love. Keep your kids away from this mob.”
Environmentalist George Monbiot said the East Midlands tweet had damaged the climate movement. “Several thousand people [reply]: ‘You see, all environmentalists are fascists’.”
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